Over the next few weeks, we are having a go at some of the activities on the 2020 Creativity Challenge. Join in with us in sharing your work and enjoy getting creative.
This week, our team and their families have been trying some of the activities from the second column.
We’ve had a go at making paper airplanes and can share one tip for making them fly further – add a bit of sellotape on top to hold the wings together!
Pressing flowers has also been a lovely, relaxing activity – both in choosing and preparing the flowers for pressing, then seeing how they are drying out and deciding how to use the finished flowers.
We’ve also been researching some local myths and legends. Some of the greatest stories of our district are shrouded in myth such as the legend of the Holy Cross. Around 1030 AD the Viking, Tovi the Proud, uncovered a mysterious holy cross on his estate in Somerset that had the power to cure those who touched it. He wished to move it to another of his estates, but the team of oxen attached to the cart refused to move until Waltham was mentioned. So the cross was brought there, which led to the founding of the church and Waltham Abbey becoming an important place of pilgrimage for many years.
See if you can have a go at writing a more creative story about this legend or find out about another one such as Iron Age Queen Boudicca and whether she came to Ambresbury Banks in Epping Forest to fight the Romans. Or you could make up your own myth or legend about the district. Even if we can’t prove these myths and legends are true, they are still a very important part of our culture and history.